Nighat Dad

Digital Rights Foundation

Nighat Dad is the Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation working on the civil liberties online in Pakistan and globally. She is one of the pioneer women’s rights activists, especially in the context of defining the cyberspace narrative from feminist perspectivel. Nighat has also been at the forefront of the young feminist movement in the country.

A lawyer by profession, Nighat has been listed as the TIME’s magazine Next Generation leader back in 2015. She has bagged an array of prestigious awards along the way, including the Human Rights Tulip Award in 2016 and a became a TED Global Fellow in 2017 for creating awareness regarding the patriarchal strongholds in Pakistan, how deep rooted they are and how being a woman in this setting has affected her activism. Nighat has recently been nominated as member of Facebook independent oversight board.